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Gallery Not Showing SD Card Pictures! How to Fix It?

Part 1: Gallery Not Showing SD Card Pictures!

In general, you can preview the previously shot pictures on your Android device where the APP is called Gallery. However, you may find that your Gallery not showing SD card pictures one day unexpectedly.

Now, let's see a true case as follows:

I'm using MIUI global developer ROM 6.4.14 (Lollipop) from last two days. I'm constantly having an issue with it. The gallery app doesn't show the photos that are stored in external SD card > DCIM > Camera folder. Tried to move that camera folder to pc, then clicked some photos (saved to ext. SD card) and then moved those photos from pc to mobile. After that, gallery app showed all those photos for a while but after a reboot, it again stopped showing all those photos from ext SD card camera folder.

gallery not showing sd card pictures

Source: miui.com

When you are facing this question, you will ask: how do I show SD card pictures in Gallery? And then, you may search this issue on the internet firstly. After that, you discover that many Android users encounter this issue. In view of the high probability of this event, we decide to introduce some available solutions to solving this issue in this post. Hope they can help you out.

Part 2: How to Fix Gallery Not Showing SD Card Pictures Issue

We sum up four available solutions to solving pictures on SD card not showing in Gallery issue as follows. You can try them one by one.

Solution 1: Reboot Your Android Device

When you can't view your photos on the Android Gallery, you can firstly try to restart your Android device. After that, please check whether the disappeared images on your Android SD card come out in the Gallery APP or not. If the answer is no, you should try the next solution.

Solution 2: Reinsert the Android SD Card

Here, we teach you a safe way to remove the SD card from your Android device:

1. Go to Storage > Unmount SD Card to unmount the Android SD card and then turn off your Android device.

unmount sd card

2. Then, remove the SD card from your Android phone. After a few minutes, please reinsert the SD card into your Android device.

3. After that, you need to remount the memory card so that it can be read. Now, you can check whether images on the SD card can be viewed in Gallery APP or not.

If this solution doesn't work, please try solution 3.

Solution 3: Delete Nomedia Files on the SD Card

As to this solution, you should make sure that there is no ".nomedia" file on your SD card. If the media scanner detects this ".nomedia" file, data in that folder which contains this ".nomedia" file will not be displayed in the Android Gallery App. So, you should check whether there are ".nomedia" files. If yes, please delete them from that folder.

delete nomedia file

Solution 4: Format Your Android SD Card

When you see this solution, it seems that the above three solutions can't help you out. In this situation, we suggest formatting your Android SD card to fix images not showing in Gallery Android issue.

This solution can be divided into two cases:

Case 1: Data on SD card can be shown on your computer

You know that formatting an SD card will delete all the files on it. So, you'd better back up your SD card to your computer firstly.

Step 1: Back up the Data on the Android SD Card to Your Computer

One method to back up the data on the SD card is to use "Copy + Paste" commands. But, if there are many large files on the Android SD card, you can use the "Copy Partition" function of MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this job with ease.

copy partition

This function is available in the Free Edition of this program. You can download and install it to your computer to have a try.

But, in some cases, the photos on your Android SD card can't be read by the computer. In this situation, you can refer to this post to make photos on SD card to be displayed on your computer: How Do I Solve - Photos on SD Card Not Showing on Computer.

Step 2: Format the Android SD Card to Make it back to Normal State

Of course, you can format the target Android SD card in Windows Explorer or Disk Management. At the same time, you can also use the third-party partition manager - MiniTool Partition Wizard to do this job. "Format Partition" is the feature you are going to use.

format partition

Step 3: Move the Copied Data to the Android SD Card

Here, you can still use MiniTool Partition Wizard and its "Copy Partition" function to do this work.

After these three simple steps, please reinsert the SD card to your Android device and check whether the photos on SD card can be shown in Gallery App. Generally, if there is nothing wrong with the SD card, it will work normally.

Case 2: Data on SD card can't be shown on your computer

If unfortunately, the photos on the SD card can't be shown on your computer, you can format it directly and then use a piece of professional data recovery software to recover photos from SD card.

This above issue is common among Android users. Thus, in the next part, we will mainly introduce some possible ways to retrieve your photos from the formatted Android SD card to redeem your loss.

Part 3: How to Recover Photos from Formatted SD Card?

As a matter of fact, after you format the Android SD card, all of its original data will be just deleted from the storage device. But, before these formatted files are overwritten by new data, you can use a piece of dedicated data recovery software to get them back. So, there is one important thing you should pay attention to: please stop using the Android SD card after formatting to prevent the formatted files from being overwritten.

Then, MiniTool offers you three data recovery tools which can be used to retrieve photos from formatted Android SD card. Please see the following introductions:

Tool 1: MiniTool Photo Recovery

If you just want to restore photos from the formatted SD card, you can use MiniTool Photo Recovery which is specially used to recover the lost and deleted photos, audios & videos from digital camera, computer hard drive, SD card and more.

You can try the Free Edition of this software to check whether it can detect the photos you want to recover.

Then, the following are the operation steps:

Step 1: After you open the software, please click on "Start" button to continue.


Step 2: You will see a drive list. Here, you can choose the SD card you want to scan. In addition, you can click on "Setting" button to check the data types you want to recover. Then, please press "Scan" button.


Step 3: This software will begin to scan the chosen SD card. When the scanning process is finished, you will see the following scan result interface. In this interface, you can double click on one scanned photo to preview it. After that, you can choose the photos you want to recover and press "Save" button to select a location on your computer to store these photos.


The Free Edition of this software only enables you to recover 200 MB files in total. So, please choose to get an advance edition to recover your formatted photos without limitations.

In addition, you can read this post to learn more information about this software: How Do I Recover Photo from Formatted SD Card for Free.

Tool 2: MiniTool Power Data Recovery

If you want to recover all files from the formatted SD card, you should try this software - MiniTool Power Data Recovery. It is a program which is specially designed to retrieve your lost and deleted data from different kinds of storage devices, such as computer hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, CD/DVD and more by using its five powerful recovery modules (please see the following main interface of this software).

main interface of pdr

Among these five recovery modules, "Damaged Partition Recovery", the most powerful recovery module, is specially designed to retrieve data from logically damaged, RAW and formatted partitions. Thus, you can use this recovery module to restore files from the formatted Android SD card.

Here, you should know that the Free Edition of this software allows you to recover totally 1 GB files. So, you can use this freeware to have a try firstly.

After downloading and installing this program to your computer, you can follow these steps to get your formatted data back from the Android SD card.

Step 1: After opening the software, you can click on "Damaged Partition Recovery" module to enter the interface as follows. Then, you need to choose the target SD card by judging from its drive letter and capacity. After that, please click on "Full Scan" button to start the scanning process.


If you only want to recover photos from formatted SD card with this software, you can use the "Settings" function. After clicking this button, this software will pop out a small window as shown below. Here, you can choose to only check "Graphics & Picture" option and then start the scanning process.


Step 2: After the scanning process, you will enter the scan result interface in which you can check the files you want to recover.

scan result

Here, you are allowed to preview the scanned images by choosing one item and clicking on "Preview" button.


Step 3: After checking the target items you want to restore, please click on "Save" button and then choose a suitable path on your computer to save these files.

If you want to use this software to recover more than 1GB data, you need to update this Free Edition to an advanced edition from the MiniTool official site.

Tool 3: MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android

In addition to the above two programs, there is another choice for you to recover data from the formatted Android SD card - MiniTool Mobile Recovery for Android.

This software has two recovery modules: "Recover from Phone" and "Recover from SD-Card". The first recovery module is used to retrieve data from the Android phone and tablet directly, and the second recovery module is designed to recover data from Android SD card. So, here you need to use the "Recover from SD-Card" module.

main interface of adr

You can use its Free Edition to recover 10 files of one type each time. Please just try this freeware at first.

Here, you can read this post to know how to use this software to retrieve your formatted files: How Do You Recover Files from Formatted SD Card Android?

Part 4: Bottom Line

In this post, we introduce four available solutions to fixing Gallery not showing SD card pictures issue. In which, formatting the Android SD card will cause data loss. Then, if you are facing data recovery problem, we recommend you to use MiniTool software to do this job. Three data recovery tools are introduced in this post and you can choose a proper one accordingly.

Perhaps, you may encounter some problems when you are using the MiniTool software. In this situation, you can contact us by sending an email to [email protected]. Or, you can just leave a message on the following comment area. We will reply you as soon as possible.